Author Archives: ARCA Blogger

ARCA a Keynote Speaker at Contamination Expo

At this year’s Contamination Expo, ARCA will be discussing how clients see membership of a trade association as a safeguard and what the Association does to meet this expectation.

During the seminar, Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will highlight the role of the Association and how it continues to drive high standards to provide reassurance for clients.

Don’t miss this informative seminar in Keynote Theatre 20 on Thursday 12 September at 11.45.

Also, you can come along to stand J31 to discuss asbestos management with ARCA staff.

Free tickets to Contamination Expo at the NEC Birmingham on 11 and 12 September are available to book online.

ARCA Speaking at Contamination Expo 2019

The Role of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

At this years’ Contamination Expo, ARCA will discuss how clients see membership of a trade association as a safeguard, and how the Association continues to drive high standards to provide reassurance.

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will highlight how contractor members need to participate in the Association’s audit scheme, which requires two satisfactory ‘unannounced’ site audits every year to maintain membership. This provides reassurance and supports clients in their legal duty to appoint a competent asbestos removal contractor.

Join ARCA in Keynote Theatre 20 on Thursday 12th September at 11.45.

Entrance is free to Contamination Expo at the NEC Birmingham on 11th and 12th September. Register online here.

ARCA offers a comprehensive range of CSCS cards

ARMI Skills Cards available for the licensed asbestos removal industry

The Association offers the full range of CSCS cards for individuals working in the licensed asbestos management industry to gain access to construction sites, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

Asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers, are able to gain temporary red cards, (experienced worker, trained) a blue skilled worker, a gold supervisor or black manager card.

Asbestos analysts and surveyors, are able to gain temporary red cards, (apprentice, trainee), and a white academically qualified person card, which is also available as a joint asbestos analyst/surveyor card.

“We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive range of CSCS cards to the asbestos management industry. This supports our members as CSCS cards are a requirement on many construction sites, as they verify that individuals have the training, qualifications and experience for the work that they carry out,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“The Association receives applications for both physical and virtual cards on a daily basis and continues to process these in just four working days, providing an efficient service to employers and individuals.”

Applications for all asbestos industry CSCS cards can be made by employers or individuals, with proof of the required training and/or qualification(s) for that particular card.

Information on all CSCS cards, together with application forms is available at and

Additional site audit bookings at new high

During the first half of this year ARCA saw more additional site audits booked and completed for members than ever before.

ARCA continues to see an increase in the number of additional site audits booked by members, with the first half of this year showing a 72% increase compared to the first half of last year.

“Members see the benefit of additional site audits in supporting their full audit programme and this increase reinforces the creditability of our audits,” commented Geoff Silver, Membership Compliance Manager for ARCA.

“Our additional site audits follow the same criteria as those audits under the Association’s site audit accreditation scheme. This allows direct comparison of results, which provides a stronger management tool.”

Members can request an additional site audit to be ‘unannounced’, so that they and their on-site team have no prior notice, or ‘arranged’, whereby the member can ask for a specific site (and time) to be audited, which could be for a number of reasons, such as, a new supervisor is on that site or the team is undertaking removal in a difficult location.

More information on additional site audits, together with a booking form, can be found here.

ARCA News Magazine Summer 2019 available online

In the latest issue of the ARCA News Magazine you can read about association and industry news, including the new developments to the ARCA Member Internal Audit App and HSE comments regarding the new asbestos licence renewal process.

Also, there aARCA NEWS Issue105_Summer19_COVER IMAGE copyre articles on guidance, risk management, what UKAS accreditation entails and mental well-being in the work place, as well as a look at one member’s journey through CITB funding and NVQ planning/assessments.

You will also find information on how to register for your free ticket to Contamination Expo 2019.

Don’t miss reading ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals.

Issue 105 is available online here.